Immernoch läuft international und teilweise auch in Deutschland eine Kampagne, die darauf abzielt, die Hauptzeugen von Roswell unglaubwürdig erscheinen zu lassen. So ist auch Dr. Jesse Marcel, jr., nicht verschont geblieben. Bekanntermaßen verstieg sich die Air Force in ihrem zweiten Report zu der absurden Behauptung, die Zeugen würden vieles zeitlich durcheinander bringen, etwa den Absturz eines Mogul Ballons 1947 mit den Dummy-Abwürfen aus der Mitte der 50ger Jahre. Bob Shell hat durch seinen Kontakt wieder Klarheit hergestellt. Seine Email von Frühjahr 1997 geben wir hier im Wortlaut wieder. Sie enthält eine der wichtigsten Aussagen dieser Tage zum Roswell-Zwischenfall.
Subject: What Marcel really thinks
Since we have been discussing what the government does and does not know, and the Mogul balloon hypothesis, I thought it might be useful to go to the one source that no one has tried to discredit, Jesse Marcel, Jr.
I do not believe that anyone doubts that he saw and handled some of the actual Roswell debris. Recently a statement was privately circulated which seemed to suggest that Marcel was favoring the Mogul balloon explanation:
I personally do not believe that the US Air Force is making a conscience effort to 'cover up' the details at what happened at Roswell so far as the facts are known to them. I do not believe that Capt. McAndrew is involved with a cover up or even Col. Weaver. The Air Force Records are very persuasive in concluding that the debris recovered at Roswell was indeed the remnants of a Mogul device.
I have a problem in some of the details however.The remnants of a Mogul device do indeed come close to looking like the material I had examined years ago--BUT-- there are essential differences that have not been explained adequately and maybe all it takes is a little closer comparison with what I saw and what the Mogul device actually looked like.
I am told that the flower figures were imprinted on Scotch Tape which was used to affix paper backed foil to bulsa wood beams and that Mr. Moore of the Mogul project drew diagrams of just that.
The debris I saw and I am absolutely sure of this because of the excitement generated by my dad did not really look like the Mogul debris. What I saw was NOT paper backed metal foil. The foil was metal on both sides. I fully admit that I did not 'bend staple or spindle' this said foil. I did not witness the so called 'metal with a memory' characteristic that some other people said they saw.
The beams I examined were NOT balsa wood but were metal which had the same color etc. as did the foil. The symbols did not look like flower petals to me but had more geometry attached to the configuration. They were certainly not on Scotch Tape but could be found only on the inner surface of the beam. The largest vertical dimension would have been no more than 3/8 inch in length. This is very much smaller than the tape would have been. In fact if one did not hold the beam up so that light would have reflected on it I doubt if it would have been noted. The colors when held up to reflect the light source which was an incandescnt bulb were rather striking in the metallic violet hue reflection.
The black or brownish plastic (Bakelite) could have been anything. I would like to see actual remnants of a Mogul device to compare with what was on our kitchen floor that night. If it was a Mogel balloon device, so be it that is what I saw--I would again like to see if possible just what a Mogul radar target etc. would have looked like. If it fits the description, so be it. So far there are just too many descrepancies for me to come out squarely on the Mogul device and Air Force side for me to say Damn, that is it. Problem solved!!!
When I received a copy of this I thought it best to go to the source, so I contacted Dr. Marcel directly to ask if it was true that he was now favoring the balloon hypothesis and had a ccepted the ";Air Force line", and particularly the veracity of Capt. McAndrew, as was being suggested.
Here is Dr. Jesse Marcel, jr.'s reply in full:
I don't want to convey the impression that my stance has changed about the Roswell debris. I have felt and certainly still feel that the debris recovered in Roswell was a portion of an extraterrestrial probe. My thoughts about the Air Force involvement may stem from the fact that I am a trusting individual and am trying to 'make excuses' for the Air Force and in particular Capt. McAndrew. I want to believe that these guys are really not in the loop to know what actually happened and they are going on a belief system that they will move heaven and earth (including distortion of fact) to foster that belief system.
As far as Capt McAndrew goes, he will do whatever to promote the Mogul balloon recovery theory and I want to believe that this is because he is not knowledgable about the true story, but maybe I am giving him too much. He also made the statement to me that if I divuldged certain aspects of our conversation he would deny making such statement. I guess the bottom line is that I would like to trust people but that illustrates how unworldly I am. The truth of this matter will have to come out and hopefully it will be in my lifetime. Please touch bases with me at any time.
Jess Marcel. "
I hope this clarifies his position.